Board of Directors

Executive Directors (2021 – 2022)

Sean Bedell

Sean Paul Bedell lives and writes in Dartmouth. His novel, Somewhere There’s Music, is forthcoming from Now or Never Publishing in the Spring of 2022. His poetry and short fiction has appeared in numerous journals and magazines throughout Canada and the United States. Sean has been on the Board of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia since 2019.

Jessica Scott Kerrin
Vice President

Halifax-based Jessica Scott Kerrin is the bestselling author of 16 books, but she didn’t always want to be a writer. She wanted to be an astronaut. Then she had to get glasses in grade two, putting an end to her starry dreams. So she started writing stories, and when she grew up, an astronaut signed her book about rockets. Jessica is still fascinated by outer space, and her latest novel, Clear Skies, takes place during the 1960s Space Race to the Moon. Jessica has mentored many writers, has toured hundreds of schools and libraries across Canada and the United States, and has seen her books translated into six languages.

Alison DeLory

Alison DeLory is a writer, editor, teacher and business communicator. She’s written news and feature stories, blog posts, personal essays and papers for print publications and web. As an author, she’s published two children’s chapter books and a contemporary adult novel called Making it Home (Nimbus Publishing, 2019) that was short-listed for the Rakuten Kobo Emerging Authors Prize, 2020. She’s taught dozens of writing workshops and courses, been a judge and juror for local and national writing competitions, and currently works in marketing and communications at Dalhousie University.

Michelle Elrick

Michelle Elrick is an award-winning writer and the author of two books, including Then/Again, a collection of poetry on the origins of home, published by Nightwood Editions in 2017. She also performs as part of poetry/music duo River of Diamonds; their debut studio album, Photon Touch, was released in April 2019. She is currently in the late stages of a novel manuscript. To fill the income gaps in her artistic career, Michelle runs a financial consulting firm called Islet Small Business Solutions, where she specializes in bookkeeping for music and arts industry professionals. Her clientele includes Rose Cousins, Chester Playhouse, Echo Lake Studio, Forward Music Group and AfterWords Literary Festival.

Lorri Neilsen Glenn

Lorri Neilsen Glenn is the author and editor of 14 collections of creative nonfiction, scholarly work, and poetry. A former Halifax Poet Laureate (and the first of Métis descent), she is Professor Emerita at Mount Saint Vincent University and a mentor in the University of King’s College MFA program in creative nonfiction. Her poetry and creative nonfiction are widely anthologized. Lorri has worked with writers in all provinces of Canada, as well as in Australia, Chile, Greece and Ireland. She is a freelance editor for authors and publishers and regularly serves on literary juries and committees. Lorri’s most recent book, Following the River: Traces of Red River Women (Wolsak and Wynn, 2017), won the Miramichi Reader’s Best Books of 2018 (Non-Fiction) and was shortlisted for the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award.

Directors-at-Large (2021 – 2022)

Basma Kavanagh

Basma Kavanagh is a poet, visual artist, and letterpress printer who lives and works in Nova Scotia, in Mi’kma’ki. She produces artist’s books under the imprint Rabbit Square Books. She has published two collections of poetry, Distillo  (Gaspereau, 2012) and Niche (Frontenac, 2015). Niche won the 2016 Lansdowne Prize for Poety and was a finalist for the 2019 Nova Scotia Masterworks Art Award. Her book-length poem Ruba’iyat for the Time of Apricots (Frontenac, 2018) was shortlisted for the 2019 J.M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award and won the Book Publishers’ Association of Alberta’s Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry Book of the Year. Basma has taught workshops and courses on poetry, printmaking, bookbinding, and letterpress and has formally and informally mentored emerging artists and writers. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Penland School of Crafts, the Banff Centre, and the Minnestoa Center for Book Arts.

Philip Moscovitch

Philip Moscovitch has been a full-time freelance writer for more than 20 years. He works primarily in non-fiction, though he has also published fiction for adults and children as well as poetry and comics. A fermentation enthusiast, he is the author of Adventures in Bubbles and Brine, a book about the culture of fermentation in Nova Scotia and the fascinating characters reviving and re-inventing traditional practices. He writes regularly for Saltscapes, Halifax Magazine, and Halifax Examiner and was a National Magazine Award finalist for a short feature in The Walrus. Philip’s board experience includes a previous stint on the WFNS Board of Directors, as well as a term as chair of the Halifax Public Libraries board.

Martha Mutale

Poet and spoken word artist Martha Mutale has shared her poetry on a variety of stages in Halifax, such as Word Iz Bond’s open mic, HRM-planned events including African Heritage Month and flag raising ceremonies, and recently, Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia events. Martha is a founding member of the grassroots initiative Poets for Progress, which aims to provide opportunities for underrepresented creatives in HRM. Through poetry and freelance writing, Martha has expanded her practice as a writer and poet; she had her poetry displayed in two art galleries, contributes to the Nova Scotia Advocate, and recently took part in the WFNS’s Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program, working on a poetry book manuscript and paired with mentor El Jones. Her educational background and collaborations in the community inspire her to challenge systemic racism in Nova Scotia. A resident of Halifax’s north-end, Martha is an advocate for change, an aunt, and a part-time hair stylist.

Amanda Peters

Amanda Peters (MA, MLIS, MPA, CAPA) is the Director of Policy and Planning with Glooscap First Nation in the Annapolis Valley, NS. Amanda has worked for First Nations government and business for 10 years. She currently sits on the NSCC Board of Governors, the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre Board of Directors and as a Commissioner for the Nova Scotia Sustainability Economy Commission. In 2016, Amanda decided to follow her passion and completed a Certificate in Creative Writing through the University of Toronto. In 2017, Amanda won the Budge Wilson Short Fiction Award through the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and was accepted to the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program, working with Stephanie Domet. In the spring of 2018, she was a finalist for the inaugural national Indigenous Voices Award and received an RBC Aspiring Artist scholarship to attend an eight-day Emerging Writers Intensive at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She had her first published story in the 2018 Fall edition of The Antigonish Review.

Anna Quon

Anna Quon is a Halifax poet, novelist, visual artist, and filmmaker who likes to make paintings and short animated films of her original poetry. She is also a middle-aged, mixed race Mad woman, a writing workshop facilitator, and a maker of messes. Anna holds a BA in English Literature from Dalhousie University and has worked contracts in the not-for-profit sector all her adult life, except for several years as a freelance writer. She has traveled as far as the Czech Republic and Russia to work on her writing. She likes to swim and walk and spends way too much time on social media for her own good. Anna’s motto is “be kind, be careful, be curious, but above all be kind.”

Lindsay Ruck

Lindsay Ruck is an author and editor from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Her first book, Winds of Change: The Life and Legacy of Calvin W. Ruck, was published in 2014 and was nominated for a Dartmouth Book Award. Lindsay has proudly contributed to a number of collaborative works, including The Nova Scotia Book of Fathers, Nova Scotia Love Stories, and an updated edition of Canadian bestseller The Black Battalion: Canada’s Best-Kept Military Secret. Against the Grain is a biography of former Nova Scotia premier Dr. John Savage and was released in 2019. Lindsay lived in Ottawa for over a decade and studied journalism at Carleton University’s School of Journalism before returning to Halifax to continue her writing career. Like her grandfather, the late Senator Calvin Ruck, Lindsay is a storyteller, and does her best to inspire others through the written word. Amazing Black Atlantic Canadians is Lindsay’s first book for younger readers. Lindsay lives in Dartmouth with her husband and two children.

Raymond Sewell

Pipukwes Latto’law (Raymond Gilbert Sewell), BA, MA, is an I’nu from the Mi’kmaq district of Kespek, specifically Ge’gwapsgug. He is a “community bridger” working at Saint Mary’s University in two roles: Indigenous student advisor and religious studies lecturer. He volunteers on many committees, including Neptune Theatre’s Board of Directors, and guest lectures for and interfaces with many organizations.He is a published poet and a patron of the arts. He is also a traditional instrumentalist and performer with an extensive background in music.

Margo Wheaton

Margo Wheaton’s debut poetry collection, The Unlit Path Behind the House (McGill-Queen’s University Press), was published in 2016 and received a Canadian Authors’ Association Award. It was also shortlisted for the J.M. Abraham Award, The Gerald Lampert Award, the Fred Cogswell Award, and the Relit Award. Wild Green Light, a collaborative poetry collection co-authored with David Adams Richards, was published in 2021 by Pottersfield Press. Her next full-length collection of poems, Rags of Night in Our Mouths, is forthcoming in 2022 from McGill-Queen’s.

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